Male Breast Reduction

                        Frequently Asked Questions
                                    
MALE BREAST REDUCTION is one of the procedures performed for gynecomastia.  The surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia at the Auburn Surgery Center.  During the consultation, Dr. Tobin will explain the surgery as well as possible risks and complications and take “Before” photos for your medical record. We recommend you bring a list of any questions or concerns to your consultation.

What is GYNECOMASTIA?
Gynecomastia is the overdevelopment of breast tissue in males.  It may be evident at puberty or later in adult life.  It can be an inherited condition, the result of taking certain medicines, or ingestion of marijuana.

The treatment for gynecomastia in males involves a variety of techniques from direct excision of breast tissue, suction assisted lypectomy and, in some cases, skin reduction.  These procedures may be performed independently or in combination, depending on the need.  Examples to clarify this would be in the case of breast tissue protruding out into the areola producing a bulged appearance, which is most often times glandular tissue which can be directly excised without a lot of other work required.  In other cases, there may be the need for glandular tissue excision along with some excess fat removal to produce the desired effect.  Lastly, in the most severe cases, there may be some sag involved in the male breast which would require a skin reduction procedure to accomplish restoration of the nipple and areola into a normal anatomic position, along with direct removal of glandular tissue and suction assisted lypectomy for the fat removal.

What is the recovery period for a MASTECTOMY FOR GYNECOMASTIA (MALE BREAST REDUCTION)?
There is a very strict weight limit for the first week after the procedure.  Following that, the lifting restriction goes to 15 lbs. until 3 weeks from the time of procedure.  Patients must not swim, use hot tubs, or otherwise submerge the breasts for a minimum of 3 weeks or until such time as specific approval from the physician has been obtained.  Strenuous exercise such as weight-lifting may be resumed at 4 weeks in most cases.

How much does a MASTECTOMY FOR GYNECOMASTIA (MALE BREAST REDUCTION) cost a patient?*
This varies because certain insurance contracts will completely cover or at least help with the surgeon's fee, surgery center fee, and anesthesia fee.  Without any insurance or other third-party coverage, the patient would be responsible for the cost of surgery which varies based upon the severity of the problem and the time necessary for the procedure to be performed.  The cosmetic rate for this procedure starts at $4,675*.  A surgical quote for the exact cost of surgery will be provided during the consultation.

Will my insurance cover a MALE BREAST REDUCTION?
This varies on a case by case basis and pre-determination will need to be undertaken to determine coverage.

Do the costs for the operation have to be pre-paid or do you offer a payment plan?
In the case of no insurance benefits, the cost must be fully paid 7 days BEFORE surgery.  A surgery deposit would be necessary to schedule the surgery.  For your convenience, we offer two wonderful financing options.  Applying is quick and easy and can be done online or by phone:

Option 1) Prosper Healthcare Lending  - you may access online www.patientfinancing.com or call 1-800-625-7412 ext. 2 

Option 2) Care Credit - you may access online  www.CareCredit.com or call 1-800-677-0718  

*Prices are subject to change. Patients are given an exact surgical cost at their consultation.

BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS

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General Information
 MALE BREAST REDUCTION

Duration:
Varies for each patient.

Price: 
Varies for each patient.  The cosmetic rate for surgery starts at $4,675*

Price includes:  Surgeon's fee, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op office visits.

Insurance:
Yes, insurance may be accepted for this procedure depending upon policy.

Recovery:
Non-Strenuous Work in 1 week(details left)

Consultation:
$100 (see conditions left)

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